INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard went virtually all in on defense in this year's draft.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard followed the pattern through the first two days of the NFL draft.
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LAST SEASON: Andrew Luck returned from shoulder surgery and produced best season of seven-year career. He led Colts to 9-1 regular-season finish, ending...
Healthy Luck dances way through ‘best offseason ever’
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck tossed around more dance moves than footballs this offseason.
He loved every minute of it.
So when the star quarterback returned to the Indianapolis...
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Broncos turn over coach/quarterback duo again
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — In just about every season he's been in charge of football operations in Denver, John Elway has had to address major concerns at one or both of the two most consequential positions in the NFL: head coach and quarterback.
This offseason, he made changes at both spots, hiring Vic Fangio and acquiring Joe Flacco in a trade that will become official next month when the league's new year begins.
Colts’ Luck hopes healthy offseason leads to better results
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck spent three offseasons fighting his way back from injuries. Now he can reap the reward.
After returning to the field, making it back to the playoffs, regaining his Pro Bowl form and collecting The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, a healthy Luck now intends to take a rare and well-deserved break from football.
Colts plan to build off foundation from historic turnaround
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts kept insisting Andrew Luck would play better after shoulder surgery.
Frank Reich acknowledged some of his best work came in a backup role.
Apparently, It still does.
A healthy Luck and an opportunistic first-year coach led the Colts on a historic midseason turnaround, ending with a playoff run and a glimpse into a potentially promising future.
Vinatieri’s misses encapsulate Colts playoff performance
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Colts finally got their offense going against the Kansas City Chiefs late in the first half Saturday, driving deep downfield with an opportunity to bite into their deficit.
Andrew Luck scrambled out of bounds with a few seconds left, and Colts coach Frank Reich sent one of the most reliable kickers in NFL history out to attempt a 23-yard chip-shot field goal.
Adam Vinatieri doinked it off the left upright .
Chiefs roll past Colts 31-13 to reach AFC title game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs' defense had heard the chorus of critics all season long, the ones that claimed their sieve-like line and shaky backfield would spoil young superstar Patrick Mahomes and cost them a chance to chase their first Super Bowl appearance in decades.
Well, that defense is a big reason why the Chiefs are one step away.
Chiefs aim to rewrite playoff history vs nemesis Colts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Given the postseason history involving Indianapolis and Kansas City over the years, Andrew Luck and the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading to Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.
The Chiefs have every reason to believe they're due.
Offensive star power headlines Colts-Chiefs showdown
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Ebron has seen the forecast for Saturday's divisional playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, where even the most optimistic of meteorologists are pegging the chances of rain or snow at about 50 percent.
It doesn't bother him. The Colts tight end played in plenty of cold games in the NFC North.
Patriots defense aims to win ‘mind game’ with crafty Rivers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers says thinking about how to defend against the Los Angeles Chargers has kept him up at night.
"Over the bye I had a dream about not setting the edge," Flowers said this week. "I woke up and it was a nightmare."
Fast starts helping Colts take control during playoff run
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck has done some of his most memorable work rallying the Indianapolis Colts.
He'd rather spend the time protecting leads.
Lately, the Colts' have allowed Luck to use his preferred strategy by scoring early and often before relying on a balanced attack and an increasingly stout defense to close out victories. It's happened each of the past two weeks in crucial games, putting Indy on the cusp of a historic milestone.
Colts use balanced attack to down Texans 21-7 in wild card
HOUSTON (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have won all season thanks in large part to big games from quarterback Andrew Luck.
In a 21-7 wild-card game win over the Houston Texans on Saturday they showed that they're pretty good at running the ball, too.
Luck threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and Marlon Mack had a career-high 148 yards rushing and a touchdown on a day the Colts finished with 200 yards rushing.
Luck has 2 TDs to lead Colts over Texans 21-7 in wild card
HOUSTON (AP) — A year ago at this time Andrew Luck was at home struggling with an injured shoulder that cost him the entire season.
On Saturday he wrote a happy ending to the latest chapter of his comeback season, throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts raced out to a big lead and cruised to a 21-7 win over the Houston Texans in the wild-card game.
Texans, Colts meet in playoffs after turning around seasons
HOUSTON (AP) — Saturday's wild-card game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts is a matchup that seemed improbable early this season after Houston dropped its first three games and the Colts limped to a 1-5 start.
Instead of letting their tough starts lead to disappointing years, these teams which both finished 4-12 last season turned things around to lead the AFC South and charge into the postseason.
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Colts’ rookie duo makes historic appearance on All-Pro team
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Darius Leonard and Quenton Nelson made a quick impression on their veteran teammates.
The first time the Indianapolis Colts wore pads at training camp, longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo watched Nelson, the new left guard, stop defensive linemen cold on successive plays. Andrew Luck got a glimpse of Leonard's skills when the new linebacker leapt in the air, twisted his body and picked off his pass.
The veterans knew instantly this rookie class would be different.
Broncos kick off coaching search with Chuck Pagano
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway's search for his fourth coach in six seasons began with former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, a native of Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday.
With Colts’ playoff drought over, Luck takes center stage
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck spent last January just like the previous two — watching playoff games from afar and hoping for a chance to return.
This weekend he's officially back.
After a coaching change, a major roster overhaul and nearly two years removed from shoulder surgery, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback celebrated New Year's Day by prepping for Saturday's wild-card game in his hometown of Houston.
Colts earn playoff spot; Luck remains perfect vs. Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have Andrew Luck healthy and throwing the ball all over the field.
That's more than enough with an injured Marcus Mariota stuck watching from the Tennessee sideline.
Luck threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns and the Colts beat the Titans 33-17 on Sunday night for the final spot in the postseason as the AFC's No. 6 seed.
The Latest: Colts lead Titans at the half 17-10
The Latest on Week 17 of the NFL's regular season (all times Eastern):
The Indianapolis Colts lead the Tennessee Titans 17-10 at halftime in the race for the AFC's final playoff spot.
Andrew Luck has thrown for 196 yards and two touchdowns compared to Blaine Gabbert who has 73 yards passing for the Titans. The Colts are outgaining Tennessee 253-97 in total offense.
Luck can extend mastery of Titans, put Colts in playoffs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andrew Luck is a win away from putting the Indianapolis Colts back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014 while doing something no NFL quarterback has managed since at least 1970.
Luck keeps Colts in playoff hunt with 28-27 win over Giants
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck took one peek at the New York Giants' defense and changed the call.
Instead of trying to force the late run coach Frank Reich wanted, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback asked T.Y. Hilton to go up the field with the defenders and Chester Rogers to slide underneath into the flat. It worked brilliantly.
Giants watch victory slip away with costly rash of mistakes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur watched his team go toe to toe with a playoff contender Sunday.
Then, in the final 10 minutes, everything started slipping away.
Colts keeping focus on Giants as playoffs come into view
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck has a one-track mind.
With two regular-season games left, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback insists he's paying no attention to playoff possibilities, scoreboards or other teams' schedules. Instead, he's focused on the only thing he considers important this weekend — beating the New York Giants on Sunday.
Colts use Mack attack, defense to shut down Cowboys 23-0
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack kept his eyes down the field and his legs churning Sunday.
His teammates took the cue.
The offensive line created enough space for Mack to run for a career-high 139 yards and two scores, an improving defense smothered the league's hottest offense and the Colts rolled past Dallas 23-0 to stay in the AFC playoff hunt.
"When I saw those holes, I was like 'Yeah, it might be a good day,'" Mack said. "Holes like that don't come often."
Cowboys, Colts ready to meet in high-stakes game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jason Garrett and Frank Reich understand the high stakes of Sunday's game.
If Dallas wins, it clinches the NFC East. If Indianapolis wins, it stays in the hunt for the AFC's final playoff spot and possibly even a division crown.
The two coaches and their players will get one more precious late-season chance to see how they stack up against another postseason contender and what can be done to keep playing into January.
Colts defensive coordinator welcomes test against Cowboys
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Eberflus spent seven seasons compiling information on the Dallas Cowboys.
This week, the Indianapolis Colts' first-year defensive coordinator has resorted to football's version of insider trading.
Faster pace helps Colts rebound, jump back into playoff hunt
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich learned the value of an up-tempo offense playing in Buffalo.
He figured out how to deploy it more effectively as an assistant coach.
So with the Indianapolis Colts in an offensive funk Sunday, the first-year coach changed gears. He cranked up the tempo, wore down Houston's defense and watched the Colts rebound from a 5½-quarter scoring drought to earn a critical road victory.
Late penalty helps Colts snap Texans’ 9-game winning streak
HOUSTON (AP) — With two minutes remaining, the Houston Texans down 24-21 to the Indianapolis Colts and needing a critical stop at midfield on third-and-1, Andrew Luck tried and tried to draw the Texans offside.
With the play clock dwindling and the Colts facing having to burn a timeout, Luck gave it one last try.
Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney took the bait.
Colts snap Texans’ 9-game winning streak with 24-21 win
HOUSTON (AP) — Indianapolis receiver T.Y. Hilton missed multiple practices with a shoulder injury in the week leading up to Sunday's trip to NRG Stadium for a critical AFC South matchup. The Colts said his status was up in the air.
Hilton knew he couldn't possibly miss a game at a place where he's had more success than any receiver since the stadium opened in 2002.
Texans look for 10th straight win as they host Colts
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are in a much different place now than the first time they faced the Indianapolis Colts this season when they were 0-3 and desperate for a win.
Ka'imi Fairbairn made a field goal as time expired in overtime to lead the Texans to a 37-34 victory in that game and they haven't lost since, reeling off a franchise-record nine straight wins entering Sunday's rematch.
Davis, Gates, Brees, Staley among sportsmanship finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington tight end Vernon Davis, already nominated for the NFL's Man of the Year Award, is one of eight finalists for the league's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
The other finalists, announced Friday, are Jacksonville defensive end Calais Campbell, Chargers tight end Anthony Gates, Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, Baltimore safety Eric Weddle, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, San Francisco tackle Joe Staley, and Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams.
Jaguars-Titans should be a defensive standoff
Jacksonville won the AFC South and Tennessee earned a wild-card playoff berth out of the division last season.
Now, they get the prime-time spotlight on Thursday even though both are also-rans.
Oh, the Titans (6-6) still are in the playoff chase. But it's difficult to take serious a team that needs a late rally to beat the Jets.
Colts look to rebound from dismal offensive performance
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck accepted the blame for Sunday's shutout.
By Monday, he and the Indianapolis Colts were already talking about Houston.
It's the same routine coach Frank Reich follows each week — make quick corrections, carefully game plan for the next opponent and don't overthink what went wrong.
Naturally, one subpar game won't get Reich to change his strategy even with playoff aspirations at stake.
Texans defense looks to improve after 9th straight win
HOUSTON (AP) — With the defense forcing a season-high four turnovers, the Houston Texans extended their winning streak to nine games with a win over the Browns.
But as good as the unit has been, the Texans believe they can get much better down the stretch with the first test coming on Sunday against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Aggressive Colts fall short on 4th down, lose 6-0 at Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts put the ball in Andrew Luck's hands. They probably should have trusted Adam Vinatieri's leg.
The Colts failed to convert three fourth-down plays — all in field-goal range — and lost 6-0 to offensively challenged Jacksonville on Sunday.
Jaguars show up on defense, shut down Luck, Colts 6-0
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Ramsey reached out and briefly offered to help Andrew Luck off the ground , only to quickly withdraw his hand and walk away.
Ramsey and the Jacksonville Jaguars refused to give the Indianapolis Colts anything Sunday, turning in one of the most dominant defensive performances in franchise history and carrying the team to a 6-0 victory.
Injuries leave Colts short-handed for possible playoff push
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck might be playing the best football of his career.
He's still going to need help reaching the playoffs with mounting injuries threatening to derail the Indianapolis Colts' late postseason push.
Dolphins’ miscues prove costly in crucial 27-24 loss at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Miami Dolphins thought they had solved their road woes.
Ryan Tannehill's return from a shoulder injury jump-started a stagnant offense. The defense forced three turnovers and pressured Andrew Luck. Then over the final nine minutes, everything went awry and their old troubles came roaring back.
Luck’s closing flurry gives Colts 27-24 victory over Miami
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck was at his best when it mattered most for the Indianapolis Colts.
Including some fancy footwork at a big moment.
After throwing three TD passes, Luck calmly stepped through Miami's pass rush and found Chester Rogers for a 34-yard gain that helped set up Adam Vinatieri's 32-yard field goal as time expired in the Colts' improbable 27-24 victory over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Luck’s comeback could serve as encouragement for Tannehill
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Ryan Tannehill looks across the field Sunday, he'll see an encouraging sign in Andrew Luck's comeback.
Six years after the Miami Dolphins drafted Tannehill seven picks behind Luck, Sunday's starting quarterbacks seem to be following similar paths.
Both missed all of last season with injuries. Each is trying to make a late-season playoff run. And Tannehill hopes to prove he, like Luck, can successfully return from a problematic throwing shoulder.
FANTASY PLAYS: Players to start and sit for NFL Week 12
With three games on Thursday, fantasy football players need to get their lineups in place before scarfing on turkey and pie.
This week looks to have less potential than previous weeks for scoring, with the Falcons-Saints game on Thursday night shaping up to have the most fantasy upside.
Playoff time in most fantasy leagues is looming, which makes this a make-or-break week for many teams.
Andrew Luck’s comeback season putting Colts in playoff hunt
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck looks and sounds like his old self.
He's smiling, cherishing each snap. He's throwing touchdowns and winning games, staying healthy and chasing the kinds of milestones so many expected when the Indianapolis Colts made him the top overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Yes, at age 29, he's again having fun playing football.
Kelly’s injury could force change on Colts’ offensive line
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts are trying to figure out how much time, if any, center Ryan Kelly will miss after injuring his knee in Sunday's victory over Tennessee.
Kelly left early in the fourth quarter of a 38-10 win and limped to the bench.
Coach Frank Reich told reporters during a conference call Monday that the team is still evaluating the injury. Reich said Kelly could "miss a little time."
Loss of Pees, Mariota complicate Titans’ tough Luck day
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel grabbed the headset and adjusted to calling the defensive plays as quickly as he could Sunday.
Andrew Luck kept the Titans off-balance the rest of the afternoon.
On a day quarterback Marcus Mariota left with an injured right elbow, the biggest question coming out the game was the health of defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who was taken to a nearby hospital during the first quarter.
Luck keeps record perfect against Titans with 38-10 victory
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck followed the perfect plan Sunday.
He threw three more touchdown passes again, avoided getting sacked again and helped Adam Vinatieri achieve another record-breaking moment by leading the Colts to their fourth straight win.
Luck and T.Y. Hilton hooked up twice for scores, Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins each ran for one touchdown and the Colts' defense stymied Tennessee in a 38-10 drubbing that gave Luck a 10-0 record against the Titans.
Titans try to get best of Luck in visit to Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Tennessee Titans believe a whole new look might solve their Andrew Luck problem.
Hey, nothing else has worked.
Since the Indianapolis Colts drafted Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, he's started nine games against the Titans and never lost — not when he played poorly, not when he left early, not even when he got hurt. So this time, the Titans are going with a different strategy in hopes of outwitting an old nemesis.